Junior and Senior Elective

This seminar examines acts of state-sponsored murder that meet the definition of genocide as outlined by the United Nations Conventions on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948), to include, but not limited to, the Herero, Armenians, the Holodomor, the Final Solution, the killing fields of Cambodia, and Rwanda.  We will also look at what have been called “contested genocides,” those lacking a scholarly consensus as to whether the term genocide can be accurately and fairly applied. The world continually hears of Elie Wiesel’s vow of “never again,” but nations have resorted to genocide in numerous instances since World War II.  This seminar, therefore, aims to look at the historical forces that led to genocide, to identify its perpetrators and victims, to detail the salient features of the atrocity, to discuss the response of the international community, and to examine the resolution of the conflict, including trials at the International Criminal Court and other judicial bodies.